It’s been a pretty intense month for the Libra Association, whose stablecoin has come under intense scrutiny from the U.S. Congress and the G7 over fears of destabilizing the global financial system when it launches next year.
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Facebook’s wounded Libra Association formally voted itself into existence on October 14, electing a board and choosing officers. The ceremony was overshadowed by the loss of seven original members including Mastercard and Visa.
Facebook’s Libra stablecoin may be years from becoming a reality, but that didn’t stop a group of blockchain companies calling itself OpenLibra from announcing plans to fork the stablecoin. News of the preemptive split came at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5 in Osaka, Japan on October 9. Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure firm Wireline, described the OpenLibra project, as aimed squarely at the corporate control of Libra. Essentially, OpenLibra would be pegged to the Libra coin, a cryptocurrency which will be backed by a basket of fiat currencies to keep its price level. Using the tagline “lock the door open,” the newly launched OpenLibra website called itself an…